Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Sleeping Through Summer


I think we may just have had Summer, and if  it does transpire that four consecutive  days of sunshine in early June is our lot; I will have missed Summer 2011 because I was asleep.

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I’ve not been very well this week and how this situation  came about is probably a subject that deserves a post of its own under the title of ’don’t try this at home’. I’m feeling little perkier today and an awful lot more more comfortable than I have been all week ( there were no purple giraffes this time ).

Whether Spud makes a post tomorrow will depend if I get out and about the camera, I’ve a lot to catch up on. However whilst I have been lying low Spud has been having a high old time, Joe’s friend Peter is up from London for a few days so there have been walks, endless games of ball, swimming in the pond, and plenty of fuss. Spud hasn’t missed out on this snippet of Summer unlike me.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

14 thoughts on “Sleeping Through Summer

  1. I’m sorry to read, that you are not feeling well in the summer weather. While I hope you get better – I’ll wait for your post about “what not to do at home” – and I will be watching the wonderful and amazing abstract above – great image 🙂 –

  2. It is so sad to be sick in the summer. I will hope that there will be more than these four wonderful days for you. Take care!

  3. Get well soon, UHDD.

    We haven’t had our four days of sunshine yet, you could come up and share our summer when it gets here. Be quick, it’ll be brief (second Tuesday in July, probably!).

    • There was some debate between Tom and I as to when the school holidays start in Scotland, we know it is earlier than in England, but when?
      (I have strong memories of trying to drive down what was then the A74 on a Saturday morning, when unbeknownst to me it was the start of the Glasgow Fair, it was mayhem, it felt like the entire population of Scotland was trying to use the services at once…

  4. School holidays up here run from the first week of July to mid August. So, a good three weeks ahead of most of Englandshire…

    The weekend before Trades fortnight is the one to avoid – the Aberdeen equivalent of August Bank Holiday. Starting on monday the 11th of July this year.

  5. Kids finish up on the 1st of July this year. Edinburgh Trades fortnight start on the following Monday (avoid roads and airports around here from lunchtime on 01/07/2011).

  6. Sorry to hear you’ve not been feeling well. Hope you’re soon better. Was lovely to see Mr UHDD and Tom at ‘Grandma’s ‘…a nice surprise for the Oglet too! Hope the boys are having fun and taking care of you. xx

  7. …Joe (sorry)

  8. We have plenty of hot sunshine here. Will trade for rain. Hope you feel better soon.

  9. Absolutely stunning photo that, nice work!

  10. I do hope you’re feeling better.

    Beautiful photo. 🙂

  11. It seems very unfair to be flat-out sick on a pretty day, let alone a string of them. I’m reading back-to-front, so I know you’re up and about now. May you have many lovely summer days to enjoy. I’m astonished to read that school holidays are so short thereabouts. They’ll all be out by the second or third week in June here, and they won’t go back until the first week in September. We put them to work, though: shaking cherries, clerking at the farm markets, wrangling boats, waiting tables. Good thing the summer days are long, eh?

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